September 27, 2022

Library News

How Iowa Met Baseball: the Myths, the History, the Players

Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m.

Over the past century, the setting for the spring passion of many Iowans has been the ballpark. Join professor and historian, John Liepa, for an exploration of the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its popularity. Audiences will learn about some of Iowa’s baseball pioneers and view an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia featuring Iowa players. This program is open to the public and free to attend. All ages welcome! This program is sponsored by Humanities Iowa. No registration required.

Planning for the Future: End of Life Care and Advance Directives

Aug. 22, Noon

Join Everystep Hospice to learn how to create advance directive documents, living wills and designate a power of attorney, while planning for important future healthcare and end-of-life decisions. This program is free to attend and is open to the public. No registration required.

September Monthly Mystery Bag

Wondering what to read next? Check out our FREE monthly mystery bags for adults! Mystery bags have a different theme every month and contain a surprise selection of 4-5 books and an adult craft. Return the books when you’re done with them — keep the craft. The September theme is “Book Club Favorites” and includes a selection of the most popular book club titles, locally and nationally. The craft is a pumpkin patch terrarium. Registration opens Aug. 22. Direct message the library on Facebook or call 641-792-4108 to register. Ages 18 and up.

Acrylic Paint-Along Class

Sept. 1, 6 p.m.

Join local artist, Kirsten Warrick, for an acrylic paint-along class for adults! Attendees are encouraged to bring an apron, all other materials will be provided. Class size is limited and registration is required to attend. Registration opens Aug. 22. Call the library at 641-792-4108 to register. Ages 18 and up.

Straight-Laced Girls, Uptight Ladies, & Loose Women

Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m.

In this fascinating program on women’s history, historian, Kathy Wilson looks at the changing role of American women from colonial times through the Victorian era, including what it means to be “straight-laced and uptight.” Discover what corsets and gun clubs have in common, how the house took on new importance for our female ancestors, and why a man’s home wasn’t really his castle, but rather his wife’s. This program is free to attend and is open to the public. No registration required.

Become a Library Trustee!

We’re looking for library trustees! Applicants should live in either Ward 1 or Ward 2 and must be a citizen of Newton age 18 or older, and a registered voter. Library trustees work with the Director to develop and adopt governing policies, approve operation budgets, and advocate for the library through contacts with general public, civic organizations and public officials. Applications can be picked up in person at the library information desk or printed from our website at